Canaries courting plenty of admirers
Norwich may face a battle to survive in the Premier League this season, but neutrals should be backing the Canaries to avoid relegation.
Daniel Farke’s side were not expected to challenge for promotion from the Championship last season, but they defied the odds and ended up winning the division, playing an attacking brand of football that caught the eye.
The Canaries were by far and away the top scorers in the second-tier during their promotion campaign, averaging over two goals a game and they have approached life in the Premier League in the same vein.
The majority of newly promoted teams usually adopt a defensive approach in the top-flight, particularly when they take on top-six sides, but Norwich have already shown they fear no one, as they have scored goals and tested both Liverpool and Chelsea already this season.
Norwich also comprehensively beat Newcastle 3-1 to record their first win of the campaign at Carrow Road last month, with the only real disappointment on their copybook coming as they lost 2-0 at West Ham last time out.
Although Norwich have only managed to yield three points from their opening four games – a tally that leaves them second-bottom in the early standings – their approach has certainly been a refreshing one compared to the likes of Huddersfield, Cardiff and Middlesbrough over recent seasons.
There also appears to be a strong team spirit within the squad, with the majority of the players that have featured over the opening weeks of the season having played a key role in their promotion campaign.
Teemu Pukki has of course been grabbing most of the headlines at Carrow Road, as last season’s top scorer in the Championship has already netted five times in the top-flight, but there are no signs of any egos within the squad, with the ethos being the team is only as good as the sum of its parts.
Norwich have also resisted the temptation to splash the cash during the summer, as they only had a net spend of £1.1million come the close of the transfer window, considerably less than fellow newly-promoted clubs Sheffield United (£43million) and Aston Villa (£144.5million).
Premier League net spend for the summer 2019 transfer window…
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The Canaries have a model built on finding the right kind of players to fit their style of play, rather than spending large sums of money on more proven top-flight talent.
Some people may consider Norwich’s attacking approach on the pitch and their low-key spending off it as a recipe for relegation, but really, in a day and age where football is as much a business as it is a sport, this romantic approach should be applauded and neutrals should consider getting behind the Canaries’ survival push.